Our Application Process
Ready to apply to Glenelg Country School?
We’re happy to have your interest and the opportunity to educate and inspire your child. The various steps of our application process are designed to help insure that your child will transition successfully into our school. Our application deadline for the 2023–2024 academic year is January 15, 2023 for priority consideration. Should space remain available in any grade, we will continue with rolling admissions until a class is full. If you need any assistance along the way, please contact us.
Complete Inquiry Form
We will email you login instructions to a secure parent portal within our website. Each parent or guardian noted on the inquiry form with an email address will receive these instructions and have access to your child’s admission page.
Although not required, families may wish to attend a Discovery Day or take a personal tour prior to submitting an application. For students applying to grades 6–11, we invite you to schedule a Meet & Greet session this fall.
Submit an application by logging into myGCS. An application fee of $75 ($125 for international applicants) is required. The application deadline for priority consideration for any available spaces in the following year is January 15 for priority consideration.
Schedule Assessment and Testing
Assessing students during the admission process helps us determine how we can support your child’s growth and development. Our programs are designed to meet your child where they are to help them excel academically and socially.
Request Student Records
You must request that your child’s records be sent to GCS. Download, sign, and submit the School Record Request form found in myGCS to your child’s current school. The school is asked to email records directly to us.
Request Teacher Recommendations
Specific recommendations requirements can be found in myGCS. Requests can be made within myGCS by providing the teacher or administrator’s name and email. Recommendation forms are strictly confidential and are not shared with the parents.
Parent and student questionnaires are found in myGCS and are specifically selected based upon the grade to which you are applying. Forms may be emailed, faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered to the Admission Office.
Download and print the Electronic Signature Agreement found in myGCS. For enrollment purposes, both parent signatures are required. If only one parent has legal custody, that one parent’s signature is sufficient with supporting documentation.
All potential students must complete an assessment as described below:
Applicants for the Little Dragons program will be scheduled for a play session. These are scheduled after an application is submitted and are typically held on selected Saturday mornings in January.
Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten will be scheduled for a 90-minute play session. During the play session the child has the opportunity to interact with other children and GCS teachers. A brief developmental screening, the Brigance, is administered during the play session. These will be scheduled after an application is submitted and are typically held on selected Saturday mornings in January.
Applicants for Kindergarten will be scheduled for a morning class visit with one of our Pre-K classes. A developmental assessment, the Brigance, will be administered during that time. The visit will be scheduled after an application is submitted.
Applicants for Grade 1 will be scheduled for an academic assessment developed by our teachers, with a focus on math and reading skills, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Testing will be scheduled after an application is submitted and is administered during the child’s visit day.
Applicants for Grades 2–4 will be scheduled to take the Stanford Reading and Math assessments and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, which take approximately two hours. Testing will be scheduled after an application is submitted and is typically held on selected Saturday mornings in January.
Applicants for Grades 5–11 need to take one of the following tests which are designed to help determine academic readiness in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary, mathematics, and writing. Testing should be completed by February 1 if possible and may be scheduled any time beginning October 1.
- ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). The ISEE is an admission test developed by the ERB (Educational Records Bureau). It has three levels: a Lower Level for candidates to Grades 5–6; a Middle Level for candidates to Grades 7–8; and an Upper Level for candidates to Grades 9–12.
There are different formats available for ISEE test administration, including an “at-home” option. The cost ranges from $140–200. For more information, please visit ISEE at Home or ISEE by ERB. The Glenelg Country School code is 211153.
Glenelg Country School is offering the paper-based ISEE in a small group testing format on the following Saturday mornings, although GCS applicants may test at any location.
- December 10, 2022
- January 7, 2023
- January 21, 2023
- January 28, 2023
- March 25, 2023
- April 29, 2023
- SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). The SSAT is another standardized test. Candidates to Grades 6–8 take the Middle Level, and candidates to Grades 9–12 take the Upper Level. For more information, testing options, and registration, please visit SSAT. The Glenelg Country School code is 3433.
- PSAT 8/9/10 (Preliminary SAT). Candidates to Grades 9–12 may submit PSAT results in lieu of admission testing.
The First Step in Your Child’s Future.
If you haven’t already, please fill out our online inquiry form or contact the Admissions Office at 410.531.7347. Once we receive your inquiry, you will be given access to myGCS so you can view community-wide news, photos, videos, and additional information pertinent to our students, families, and school.
Glenelg Country School admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of our education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs, and the appointment of faculty and staff.